11 items from 2016
The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally one of the weakest frames of the year, where holdovers almost always reign supreme over new releases. This year, only one new movie was released, the horror-thriller Incarnate, but, as expected, last weekend's winner Moana had no trouble repeating atop the box office, taking in $28.3 million. Incarnate barely cracked the top 10, opening in ninth place with $2.6 million, continuing a tradition of new releases failing to win this weekend.
Since box office stats became official in 1982, a new release has only took the top spot three times. The first time it happened was in 1988, with the release of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, which won with $9.3 million. In 1991, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country became the second new release to conquer this weekend with $18.1 million, with The Last Samurai becoming the last new release to do so in »
Disney's animated adventure Moana had no trouble taking down three fellow newcomers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the box office, bringing in $56.3 million over the three-day weekend and $82 million over the five-day extended weekend. Starting this Friday, it will only have one newcomer to face, Blumhouse's horror-thriller Incarnate, which is expected to debut in less than half the theaters Moana is playing in. With that being said, Moana should have no trouble repeating atop the box office with a projected $27.3 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Incarnate will open in approximately 1,500 theaters, a far cry from the 3,875 theaters that Moana opened in over the holiday weekend. The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally a weak one at the box office, with holdovers from earlier in the month almost always dominating over the meager competition doled out by the studios. In fact, since box office figures started being made official by »
Cult cinema is the most unique, twisted and enjoyable types of film in a theatrical experience. Films that have a distinctive heart, and puts that heart above the price tag, usually tend to resonate on a much deeper level with fans, above the watered-down tentpoles of the year. Following that heart-filled approach to cult cinema is director Lowell Dean’s Another Wolfcop, a sequel to his wildly popular Wolfcop. Blending the aspects of a sympathetic underdog of a lead character, cursed with addictions of all kinds and adding in smart practical FX and animal magnetism, Dean’s follow up to the 2014 Wolfcop is a howl of a good time and worth the wait.
Staying true to the influences, resources and vision that got him the recognition of fans, peers and critics alike, Dean picks up the storyline right from where the first Wolfcop left off. It’s holidays and the »
- Jay Kay
No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.
With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.
It is wholly possible »
- The Film Stage
With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton engaging in real world battle to become the next Us president, how well do you know their fictional counterparts?
The Naked Gun 2 1/2
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Mr Peabody & Sherman
Monsters vs Aliens
GI Joe: Retaliation
7 and above.
the Oval Office awaits
4 and above.
0 and above.
no votes for you
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- Benjamin Lee
"Airplane!" and 'The Naked Gun' writer/director David Zucker filed for divorce from his wife Danielle ... but he says all is still fine and dandy between the two. David submitted the docs earlier this week but he tells us it was a long time coming ... the couple has been separated for nearly 10 years. That's not all ... David says he and Danielle live just a few houses away from each other and routinely have »
- TMZ Staff
What are your go-to films when you need a lift? Or your special movies for a time of need?
Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our weekly slot where we just try and natter about things that may or may not be affecting some of you. Try as we might, we can’t solve the world’s problems, but we do try and offer a hint or two that might help someone, somewhere.
That said, we're doing something a little different (again!) this week.
A while back in this series, we asked you to recommend the books that are special to you, that you go back to time and time again, and help you in times when you could use a lift of some sort. You came up with some wonderful choices, and if you head to the comments here - http://www.denofgeek.com/other/geeks-vs-loneliness/39922/geeks-vs-loneliness-recommend-a-book »
Who knew that by the time we were this deep into the current and rapidly evolving Golden Age of TV, O.J. Simpson would suddenly re-emerge -- arguably now in his third cycle -- as one of the preeminent, and perpetually relevant, figures in television history.
Yet here we are, with -- this time around -- irrefutable evidence. First it was compellingly dramatized, and now it's been exquisitely documented in "O.J.: Made in America."
As I was pondering how I could kick off this debut television column for Moviefone, just as fresh episodes of many of the most popular series of the moment have gone or are about to go on hiatus, I got my first glimpse at this powerful, impressive, and affecting documentary that prompted me to consider just how crucial TV was, and has been, and very likely will be in the perceptions we have about O.J. Simpson. »
- Scott Huver
Summer's hottest days are still a month or two away, but streaming services are stockpiling material to keep us entertained indoors when it's scorching and sticky outside. May sees an influx of excellent Nineties movies, from the face-melting thrillers (literally) to political satires that seem more pertinent than ever. There'll be plenty of TV series to plow through, too, including the return of Netflix's addictive drama Bloodline and the long-awaited HBO Go debut of the channel's cult favorite Mr. Show. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to stream this month. »
A review of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story finale coming up just as soon as I've discussed this case less than everybody in America... Back in January, when we'd both watched only the first few People v. O.J. screeners, I got into a conversation about it with another TV writer. We were both enjoying it, but at the same time, she had the same question I did: Is this a genuinely great show, or just an entertaining version of an irresistible story? There were, after all, some of the weird tonal shifts evident in a lot of Ryan Murphy's work (though usually in stuff he's written, which he wasn't doing here). Cuba Gooding Jr. was miscast (too small, voice not commanding enough), John Travolta seemed to be getting different direction from everyone else in the production, the swipes at the Kardashian kids felt a »
- Alan Sepinwall
George Kennedy, who won a supporting actor Oscar for his role alongside Paul Newman in the beloved film “Cool Hand Luke,” and was also a fixture of 1970s disaster movies including the “Airport” franchise and “Earthquake,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91. His grandson Cory Schenkel reported the death on his Facebook page.
While Kennedy largely played gruff, blue-collar characters in dramas and genre films, he allowed a comedic side to emerge in the deadpan “The Naked Gun” movies.
Kennedy appeared in all four of the “Airport” movies of the 1970s as Joe Patroni, the reluctant, cigar-chomping but highly effective chief mechanic who could be counted upon when the chips were down and supreme expertise was required. He also turned in a powerful performance in 1975’s “Earthquake” as the hearty, sentimental police sergeant Slade, who helps where he can in the wake of the devastating temblor.
Kennedy toiled in »
- Carmel Dagan
11 items from 2016
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